A relatively sleek new style ofÂ Walmart SupercenterÂ (rendered above) is set to open next week,Â hugged on 2 sides by theÂ Timbercrest Village RV ParkÂ just north of Hufsmith Rd., Beth Marshall notes this week. The prototypical “smart Walmart”Â at 25800 Kuykendahl Rd. appears to have taken over part of the property that was previously part of the trailer park’s land, and will take the nameÂ Walmart Augusta Pines in reference to its east-west cross street (August Pines Dr.).
The new storeÂ will include a health clinic,Â a means of checkout-line-free purchasingÂ mitigated by phone app, and thatÂ previouslyÂ noted first Chobani Cafe to open in Houston (or outside of New York, for that matter). The clinic is also the first in the Houston area since Walmart began itsÂ pilot program to move intoÂ broader healthcare and disease management servicesÂ in 2014, with an initial focus onÂ Texas, Georgia and South Carolina — 3 states thatÂ didn’t accept federal money toÂ expand MedicaidÂ Â and also have a high concentration of uninsured residents.Â
Rendering of Walmart August Pines: Walmart